I didn't found anything in Wikipedia or on the Web (Maybe I don't know how to search). Chat is speaking with someone. But what is bot? Is it came from robot? Where the word robot came from?

  • Have you looked in a dictionary?
    – Mick
    Jul 22, 2019 at 15:06
  • If you know what chat is, but don't know what bot is, did you trying looking up bot in a dictionary?
    – choster
    Jul 22, 2019 at 15:08
  • It's not hard to find the definition of robot, either, and its etymology is interesting as well. Jul 22, 2019 at 15:13
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    A good source of information for such answers is Webopedia (webopedia.com), which defines "chatbot" and many other terms.
    – Literalman
    Jul 22, 2019 at 17:21

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According to the Grammarist the term was coined in the 90s by Micheal Maudlin from the terms chatter and robot:

A chatbot is a a computer program that simulates interactive human conversation, usually over the internet. The use of chatbots has increased with the introduction of artificial intelligence precepts.

Michael Maudlin invented the first chatbot program named Julia for Windows and the internet. Maudlin coined the term ChatterBot in the 1990s to describe these interactive conversation programs, a combination of the words chatter which means informal, superficial talk and bot, an abbreviation for robot.

Within a few years the term chatterbot was shortened to chatbot. Chatterbot and chatbot are portmanteaus, which are words that are formed by the melding of two unrelated words to create a new word. Synonyms for the terms chatbot and chatterbot are talkbot and Artificial Conversational Entity.

Chatbots are used as online assistants, toys and on social media platforms such as Snapchat. Increasingly, chatbots are used in social media to influence public opinion.

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